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Rutherford Institute President Appears on Virginia PBS Series Ethically Speaking to Discuss 'The Ethics of Pregnancy'

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.--John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute, will be appearing on the "Ethics of Pregnancy" segment of the Virginia PBS television show Ethically Speaking, a 13-part series that explores the intersection of ethics and public policy. The program will air at 8:30 pm on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2002, and again at 11:00 am on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2002, on PBS stations WHTJ Charlottesville and WCVE Richmond.

Whitehead and other panelists will discuss whether pregnant women should be free to make their own decisions about their behavior and medical treatment, or whether the welfare of the child justifies restricting those decisions. For instance, the panel discussion addresses the question, "If a pregnant woman is drinking, taking drugs and ignoring the advice of her doctor, who, if anyone, should intervene?" The segment promises to be a spirited and thoughtful examination of the complex issues surrounding the ethics of pregnancy. To watch a preview of the show and learn more about the panelists, visit the Ethically Speaking website at

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